Drug Developers

Drug developers are the scientists and technicians involved in the development of pharmaceuticals. The research and development departments of drug manufacturers employ engineers, chemists, biologists, pharmacists, pharmacologists, and other professionals to develop and test the pharmaceuticals used by doctors to treat illness and injury.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Research, develop, and test pharmaceuticals
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, but the industry is concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic States (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) and on the West Coast in California; Massachusetts and California have the largest number of biotechnology companies
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
Experience Any experience in the pharma/biotech industry—such as an internship, volunteering, or a part-time job—will be useful
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Company Executive
  • Manager of a Research Development Company
  • Drug Developer
  • Drug Development Technician

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